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Mom accused of injecting feces into son's IV ordered to stay away from kids

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Sources said Fluty allegedly injected her 9-year-old son's feces into his own IV to create a bacterial infection (Photo provided) Sources said Fluty allegedly injected her 9-year-old son's feces into his own IV to create a bacterial infection (Photo provided)
The child's eyes are closed in the photos, and we have blurred his face (Photo provided) The child's eyes are closed in the photos, and we have blurred his face (Photo provided)
"It was fecal matter and there was also, apparently, some urine and vaginal cells in material,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters (Photo provided) "It was fecal matter and there was also, apparently, some urine and vaginal cells in material,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters (Photo provided)
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A mother accused of injecting feces into her son's IV bag was ordered by a Hamilton County judge on Friday to stay away from her three children.

Candida Fluty was indicted Jan. 27 on charges of felonious assault and endangering children.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says surveillance photos show Fluty injecting the bodily fluids in to her son's IV at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 

Deters presented the photos Friday at Fluty's arraignment hearing in an effort to increase her bond. The judge denied the motion, allowing Fluty to return to her home of West Virginia on the stipulation she continue to show up for court and refrain from contacting her kids.

"I can't really comment a lot at this time, but I would do anything for any of my children, no matter what, I would do anything for any of my children," said Fluty after the arraignment. 

Fluty was released from Hamilton County Jail last month after posting a $50,000 bond. Her son and two other children are reportedly staying in West Virginia with family members.

The 9-year-old boy has spent most of his life in-and-out of hospitals struggling with a disease called Hirschprung's that affects the colon, according to family members.

Prosecutors suspect his illness may have been exaggerated or intensified by his own mother suffering from a mental disorder called Munchausen by proxy.

"Munchausen by proxy is when usually a parent does something to make their child appear sick to get a psychological gain or response for the parent,” said Dr. Stephen Strakowski, professor of psychiatry at UC Medical Center.

Strakowski says it's a rare form of medical child abuse that often times goes unreported. In this potential case, sources said Fluty allegedly injected the feces into his own IV to create a bacterial infection. Sources believe she did it on several occasions and at least one of them is caught on camera.

"It was fecal matter and there was also, apparently, some urine and vaginal cells in material,” said Deters. Officials suspect the urine in the mixture is that of Fluty, and the feces is her son's.

On Fluty's public Facebook page, which has since been taken down, she shared pictures of her son as the Kick-Off Kid for Children's Hospital at a Cincinnati Bengals game in December. She also put up several posts about his medical condition.

The day before her arrest, Fluty wrote that her son had 9 teeth removed and a “tube changed." He was taking morphine, she added, expressing hopes the slight fever he developed came as a side effect from anesthesia.

In Fluty's hometown of Kermit, West Virginia, friends and family took to Facebook creating the page “Free Candy Fluty” after her arrest. Hundreds shared her statuses adding they were praying for her family and hoped the “truth will come out.”

Dr. Strakowski says the excess social media activity is yet another red flag.

"When you think about it psychologically, the person is trying to gain some emotional benefit and if he or she is able to engage the community into that same process and convincingly gain from it, which she would then it's easy to imagine how people might follow her,” Strakowski said.

Fluty was arrested Jan. 17 and charged with felonious assault and endangering children. In court at the time, prosecutors would not release what the substance was but asked the judge grant a no contact order with her son.

"Although rare, we have seen similar cases with similar motivations," Deters said. "I'm just grateful that it was caught before we were confronted with a murder case."

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